There is no shortage of pizza joints populating the busy Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill area, but is there really such a thing as too much pizza? We think not. Third generation piazzaiolo Michele Iuliano opens the Brooklyn version of his East Village restaurant Luzzo's this week on a block of neighborhood-dividing Atlantic Avenue. Luzzo's Brooklyn, which opens tomorrow night, fires up plenty of pies from traditional Margheritas to versions topped with fried eggplant. They're also doing pizza "montanara"-stye, meaning the dough gets a quick fry before being topped with cheese and tomato sauce.
Standouts from the pizza menu include the Mikele ($20/26), with mozzarella, mushrooms, prosciutto and truffle pate and the Sorrentina ($21/27) with mozzarella, lemon slices, arugula and shrimp. The kitchen also turns out Italian specialties like fried calamari ($11), rice balls ($9) and eggplant parmigiana ($10). Lighter fare like salads and salumi plates are also on offer, plus pastas including cheese ravioli with walnut sauce and Sicilian specialty Paccheri alla Norma ($16) with eggplant and ricotta salata.
The restaurant found itself some charming digs inside the old Sosta space, which they've made over with a more rustic feel, though they kept the lovely tiled oven. Up front, industrial chic bar stools provide a place to perch while sipping a glass of vino or enjoying some antipasti. The dining room proper uses brick walls, lots of wood and mismatched tables and chairs for a casual effect; chalkboard specials and a view into the kitchen lend a warm, neighborly tone as well.
145 Atlantic Avenue, (718) 855-6400; luzzosbk.com. Open Sunday - Wednesday noon to 11 p.m; Thursday - Saturday noon to midnight.